James Monroe Highland Wedding | Charlottesville Wedding Photographer | Mason + Olivia

 James Monroe Highland Wedding

If rain on your wedding day is good luck, but you still want the prettiest pictures and an outdoor ceremony, then Mason and Olivia had the most perfect day. We watched as the famous Charlottesville thunderstorms threatened, creating gorgeous light for their first look and holding out until the moment we walked inside. Though it sprinkled at first during the ceremony, guests were prepared and the rain eventually stopped as these two stood under a tall tree at James Monroe Highland to say I do.

I wish I could write the exact words here that were shared during their ceremony, but what I can tell you is that it was one of the most God-honoring, love-filled, meaningful messages I have heard. Mason and Olivia cried tears of joy all day - when they first saw each other (at their first look AND as she walked down the aisle!), when they opened gifts the other had spent countless hours working on, and again as they got to say the words 'husband and wife' officially for the first time. Though the details were beautiful, they put more thought and care into the most meaningful parts of their day, choosing to center their wedding on all the right things.

I can't help but at least highlight a few of my favorite details though! Mismatched lavender and blush bridesmaids dresses made ALL the ladies look good, and their bouquets filled with blue thistle and pops of red were the perfect mix of unique beauty. Olivia's chapel-length train held lace from her mom's wedding dress, and they kept sustainability as a focus by giving wildflower seeds as their wedding favors. With beauty in the planning of each moment and each element, Mason and Olivia will forever remember this as the most special day of their lives together.

Mason and Olivia - how is it that you two are married?! I've known you both for years and it has been a privilege and blessing to watch you grow up and become the people you are today, made so by the Lord, your family, and the close friendships you have built through the years. I can add nothing to what was already said during the ceremony, so I will only say this: hold onto the promises you made to each other and the words spoken last Saturday. And, above all, hold fast to the Lord.

Invitations: Minted | Coordination: Weddings by Katie Carroll | Bridesmaid Dresses: Weddington Way | Bride's Dress: Augusta Jones from Sealed with a Kiss Bridal | Menswear: The Black Tux | Makeup: Hannah Hrinda Beauty | Hair: Brittany Huth | Florals: The Faded Poppy | Venue: James Monroe Highland | Officiant: John Paul Basham | Live Music: Sugar & Steel | Catering: Red Hub Food Co. | Cake: Michelle Wilson

 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Green and white wedding invitations
 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Floral bridal shoes
 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Groom reading letter
 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Bride reading letter
 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Rose gold wedding ring
 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Hair piece with rose gold earrings
 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Bride getting ready
 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Rose gold wedding ring

Their first look absolutely melted my heart!

 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Bride and groom first look
 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Bride and groom first look
 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Bride and groom portraits
 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Bride and groom portraits
 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Bride and groom portraits
 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Bride and groom portraits
 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Red, white, and blue bridal bouquet
 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Bride and groom portraits
 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Bride and groom portraits
 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Bride and groom portraits
 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Bride and groom portraits

May we all find someone who looks at us the way these two look at each other!

 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Bride and groom portraits
 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Red, white, and blue bridal bouquets
 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Navy blue groomsmen
 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Navy blue, lavender, and blush bridal party
 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Mismatched purple and pink bridesmaid dresses
 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Bridal portrait
 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Bride and groom portraits
 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Bride and groom portraits
 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Bride and groom portraits
 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Bride and groom portraits
 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Bride and groom portraits
 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Bride and groom portraits

Before the ceremony began, the ladies in Olivia's life prayed over her in a special moment.

 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Bridesmaids prayer before ceremony
 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Rainy day wedding ceremony
 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Dad walking bride to the altar

He had already seen her earlier, but when Mason saw Olivia again - about to become his bride - he couldn't hold back the tears.

 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Groom crying when he sees bride
 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Mismatched bridesmaid dresses

Towards the end of the ceremony Mason and Olivia shared a private moment of prayer as the congregation stretched out their hands and prayed for the new couple.

 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Bride and groom ceremony prayer
 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Bride and groom first kiss
 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Bride and groom recessional
 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Lantern with greenery centerpiece
 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Reception centerpiece with greenery and roses
 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Mother son dance
  James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Wildflower seed wedding favors
 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Father daughter wedding dance
 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Wedding reception dancing

The dance floor was filled ALL night, but it didn't stop us from going to a few more locations around the venue for some final bride and groom portraits.

 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Bride and groom portraits
 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Bride and groom portraits
 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Bride and groom portraits
 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | White wedding cake with greenery and roses
 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Wedding reception dancing
 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Wedding reception dancing
 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Bride and groom reception kiss
 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Wedding reception dancing
 James Monroe Highland Wedding in Charlottesville | Sparkler exit

Maria Grace Photography

My name is Maria, and I am a wedding and family photographer based out of Hampton Roads, Virginia, but I am always excited about traveling. I love families who truly enjoy spending time with each other and living life together. I love couples that are looking forward to their wedding day because they are so excited to finally be married to.